Boston High School: Roger Paul

Boston City League All-Star Classic rosters

March, 31, 2011
The Boston Scholar Athlete Program and the Boston Centers for Youth and Families have announced the teams and award winners for the 2011 Boston City League Basketball All-Star Classic.

The game will take place this Saturday at Northeastern University's Cabot Center, with the doors opening at 1:30 p.m., the girls' game starting at 2 p.m. and the boys' game following at 4 p.m.

Below are the rosters and award winners for the North and South divisions:


Jose Alfonseca, Sr. G, Snowden
Jeff Amazon, Sr. G, East Boston
Jonathon Deane, Jr. G, Latin Academy
CJ Dowdell, Sr. F, Charlestown
Rony Fernandez, Jr. G, Charlestown
Tyrese Hoxter, Soph. F, Charlestown
Khayree Hudson, Sr. C, Madison Park
James Jones, Sr. F, Fenway
Kwamaine Lane, Sr. F, Latin Academy
Walter Lewis, Sr. G, East Boston
Akosa Maduegbunam, Jr. G, Charlestown
Paul Maurice, Jr. G, Snowden
Tyrell Pugh, Sr. F, South Boston
Johan Vizcaino, Sr. G, South Boston
Stan Winn, Sr. G, East Boston

Coach of the Year: Edson Cardoso, Charlestown
Sportsmanship Award: Troy Bowens, Snowden

Dominique Boyd, Sr. F, Dorchester
Jared Butler, Soph. C, O'Bryant
Jakari Christopher, Jr. G, Burke
Darius Davis, Sr. G, New Mission
Jason Hall-Sergenton, Sr. F, West Roxbury
Dwayne James, Sr. G, Burke
Samir McDaniels, Sr. G, New Mission
Jesse Noel, Sr. G, Hyde Park
Kachi Nzerem, Sr. F, New Mission
Roger Paul, Sr. G, West Roxbury
Chris Shelton, Sr. F, Burke
Bernadin St. Vil, Sr. C, Brighton
Andrew Toney, Sr. F/C, Brighton
Alex Villanueva, Sr. G, Boston English
Kevon Young, Sr. G, Brighton

Coach of the Year: Hugh Coleman, Brighton
Sportsmanship Award: Jakari Christopher, Burke


Sara Centeio, Fr. G, Charlestown
Kayla Cox, Jr. G, Fenway
Maria Delvecchio, Jr. C, East Boston
Kaila Duarte, Soph. C, Fenway
Amber Edwards, Soph. G, Madison Park
Krystal Edwards, Soph. G, Madison Park
Makeeba Farguarson, Sr. C, Charlestown
Brittani Hardy, Sr. F/C, Snowden
Davetta Kinner, Sr. G, Latin Academy
Jovanna Sandifer, Jr. G, Snowden
Maya Scott, Sr. F, Latin Academy
Cleusa Sequeria, Sr. G, Fenway
Daitannah Smith, Fr. F, South Boston
Tajanay Veiga-Lee, Soph. G, Fenway
Elaina Wright-McCarthy, Fr. G, South Boston

Coach of the Year: Carla Hands, Madison Park
Sportsmanship Award: Maya Scott, Latin Academy

Araion Bradshaw, 8th G, O'Bryant
Robbie Cardoso, Sr. G, New Mission
Kiana Dailey, Soph. F, O'Bryant
Pierline Durand, Sr. G, O'Bryant
Khadijah Ellison, Sr. G, Burke
Ashley Jean-Louis, Soph. G, Boston English
Tianna Johnson, Jr. G, New Mission
Raven Kelsey, Fr. F, O'Bryant
Jazala Laracuente, Fr. G, New Mission
Fredericka Lawson, Sr. F, Burke
Trayana Mair, Soph. G, Boston English
Rachelle Pierre, Jr. F, Hyde Park
Marissa Serrette, Soph. G, West Roxbury
Shantal Solomon, Sr. G, Brighton
Aaliyah Williams, Jr. F/C, Dorchester

Coach of the Year: Gertrude Fisher, O'Bryant
Sportsmanship Award: Pierline Durand, O'Bryant

'The Town' reclaimed in City semi's

February, 25, 2011

ROXBURY, Mass. -- Like several other of his Charlestown teammates, Akosa Maduegbanum couldn't help but snicker when the Townies' opponent in this Boston City Championships semifinal, West Roxbury, came onto the court wearing green shirts, with "We Run This 'Town'" written across the front in Townie red.

"I kinda scratched my head and I said, 'I'm a Townie. I run this town'," the 6-foot-4 junior swingman cracked.

And true to his word, the Townies defended Bunker Hill from all the way across the city on Malcolm X Boulevard, as they cruised to a 79-65 victory over the Raiders at Madison Park High School, and move on to face archrival East Boston for a third time this season, in the City Finals at the same location tonight.

As expected, the highly-touted Maduegbanum filled up the stat sheet with his explosive athleticism, charging through the lane on fast breaks en route to a team-high 20 points, and added seven rebounds. But the real key to this game relied in the manner in which forward CeeJae Dowell muscled his way to racking up 15 boards. Most importantly, eight of those came in the final frame, as the Raiders (15-6) -- known for their skilled shooting -- lined up perimeter shot after perimeter shot. He was also crucial on the Townies' end, as seven of his 15 rebounds were on the offensive glass.

"CeeJae, he's been carrying us all season long, defensive rebounds, offensive rebounds," Charlestown head coach Edson Cardoso said. "It gets ugly, it gets nasty, but he's been big, and really he's been the guy that's been carrying us all year."

Said Dowell, "At first it was hard in the fourth quarter, because my legs weren't that strong, but I had to kick in. That's all."

The Townies went on a 17-3 run in the second quarter, and went into the break with a 32-25 lead. Westie continued to chip away at the Townies, trailing 51-41 headed into the final frame and eventually cutting the lead to four with four minutes to go in the contest. Freshman Damion Smith (11 points) hauled in an errant three-point attempt by Charlestown's Iser Barnes, and heaved a long lob to fellow frosh Mike Rodriguez for an easy breakaway layup.

Westie wouldn't register another field goal again until a little over a minute remained in the contest, by then the Townies already ahead 75-59. Overall, the Townies outscored Westie 15-4 over the final four minutes, filled with hard-charging drives to the lane to draw fouls, and one big one-handed slam by junior Tyrik Jackson (10 points).

"Alot of people are expecting us to lose. We've got targets on our back," Maduegbanum said. "We kind of played to show people who [we are], to prove people wrong."

Seniors Roger Paul and Jason Hall led the way for Westie with 13 and 14 points, respectively, while Rony Fernandes was the fourth and final Townie hitting double-figures with 12.

No. 23 Westie rolls Brighton twice in 3 days

February, 17, 2011

WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- Forgive Roger Paul if he wants to grin a little bit. Heck, the last time his West Roxbury Raiders were in the Boston City League Championships, Dubya still was in office, and people couldn't shut up about some whiz kid named Gerard Coleman.

"When I was a freshman, that's all they used to talk about -- Gerard this, Gerard that," the senior laughed when asked about Coleman, currently a freshman guard at Providence and one of the MIAA's most electric scorers during his three-year run with the Raiders. "Ever since my junior year, that's all people want to talk about, we'd never be the same once Gerard left. Now we're back in City's, and everybody's forgotten about Gerard."

That last point's debatable, yes, but you get the general idea. In punching their first ticket to the Boston City Championships since 2008, thanks to a 72-60 win over Brighton on their home floor -- their second win over the Bengals in three days -- the Raiders have made a whole lot of followers quit dwelling on the past, and embrace the present.

Because as things currently stand -- sitting at 14-5 overall, seasoned by a competitive non-league schedule, and rounded out by a young but cerebral backcourt -- the Raiders look as good as just about anyone else in the wide-open Division 1 South.

"I still don't think we've put together a full game this year," Westie head coach Martin Somers said. "So, I believe if we do, we can beat anybody. So I'm just waiting for that game to happen, where we put four great quarters together."

This afternoon, the Raiders managed to put together three such quarters, taking a 62-39 lead into the final stanza before the Bengals (11-4) opened up the fourth on an 11-0 run to make a game of it again. Five-foot-5 sophomore Nate Hogan (10 points), playing in his first varsity action, provided plenty of spark off the bench, running the point in place of Kevon Young (suspension), who is expected back Friday.

Edward Toney (14 points, seven rebounds) provided mettle down low, and the Bengals caused a handful of turnovers with a full-court 2-2-1 press to spark the fourth quarter run. But in the end, just like their 73-70 overtime loss Monday to these same Raiders, there was too much to overcome.

"(They're) very well-disciplined," Brighton head coach Hugh Coleman said of Westie. "They're young, but they're mature. Mature, disciplined, they took their time running their sets, they did a great job. Great job."

Paul (15 points, five assists) and Jason Hall (11 points, eight rebounds) did their part in directing traffic in the half-court, running patient sets that wore down the Bengals' 2-3 zone. The Raiders hit four of their first five 3-point attempts, and shot 51 percent overall from the field in the first half while notching assists on 10 of their 14 first-half field goals.

Shoring up the other other end was the loose yet heady play of starting freshman guards Damion Smith (14 points, five rebounds) and Mike Rodriguez (10 points). The backcourt tandem came into the season with some hype, and has lived up to the billing these last few weeks.

"They each play their own part," Hall said. "They both complement our team real well, and I'm glad that they came here."

Said Somers, "They're seasoned guys even though they're young. They play on the AAU circuit, the national level, they've played in big games. They're not nervous out there, they've bought into the program, and I'm really proud of the freshmen. They've stepped up, and really given us big minutes."